Well, I have never really like animals due to the fact I'm allergic to dogs and not very fond of catsBut I came across this video:
i would go buy one from the local hardware store or something. you shouldn't have to be doing this. and i'm not sure i would be comfortable having the maintenance man in my apartment every month messing with it. and since it is malfunctioning so much i would think in the event of a fire it just might not work. so i would go buy one that requires no wiring just to be hung up and take the other out of there.
In 42 years of driving in winter country, I have never used chains. Thay are only for temporary use, and are usually mandated for mountain passes at certain times, not for everyday driving. Studs are illegal after a certain date each year because of road wear, and can only be put in brand new winter tires that have the spots for them. The are great on ice, but do nothing in snow. The newest generation of winter tires is great in snow and ice without studs. At the very least, you should have good all-season tires with the Ms designation. I bet you have summer touring tires on your car, and the Vibe has a fairly wide tire for the size of the car, making touring tires dangerous in winter conditions. See a reputable tire dealer about good winter tires for all 4 wheels, or at least an upgrade to good all-seasons.